What’s up truck drivers? Once again we’re dropping a free treat from the internet down to your screens. This time it’s the smash hit British gangster epic “Snatch,” written and directed by Guy Ritchie.
In the vein of Quentin Tarrantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and the up close and personal gangster story of Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” Ritchie’s “Snatch” introduced American audiences to a most impolite and rough and tumble gang of likeable thugs from London’s slums and shadows.
Snatch introduces viewers to three groups of characters intent on retrieving a diamond the size of an apricot, which has been stolen from an Antwerp jeweler. In the first group are friends and business partners Turkish (Jason Statham, who also supplies the film’s voice-over narration) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who join up with Mickey (Brad Pitt), an Irish gypsy and boxer. Turkish and Tommy make arrangements with Mickey to take a fall in a match engineered by lunatic gang leader Brick Top (Alan Ford). The only problem is, Mickey hates to lose, even for money.
In another corner resides equally loony Russian gangster Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia), who has asked Jewish gangster Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) to place a bet on the match for him. Boris is also scheming to have Sol (Lennie James), the owner of a pawn shop, rob the place with a couple of dim associates. It goes horribly, and there’s only one way to get it back – Bullet Tooth Tony.
Meanwhile, Avi (Dennis Farina), freshly arrived in London from New York, hires Bullet Tooth Tony ( Soccer star Vinnie Jones) to find Franky when he goes missing. Avi soon discovers that this won’t be quite that easy, and it gets even more dangerous the longer he looks. Will he ever make it back to New York in one piece?
Hit play and find out, truck drivers!